INTERVALS

by Joel Futterman

/
  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

      45 PLN  or more

     

  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Joel Futterman legendary pianist from Chicago recorded live outstanding solo at the end of 2018 piano recital. Now we can listen to this performance in the pure, unedited version on CD

    Includes unlimited streaming of INTERVALS via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ships out within 7 days
    Purchasable with gift card

      50 PLN or more 

     

  • Full Digital Discography

    Get all 92 Fundacja Słuchaj releases available on Bandcamp and save 40%.

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality downloads of Bosque de niebla (2CD), Unmoved Mover, Room of the Present, Scratching Fork, Lifting The Bandstand, The Great Tone has no Sound, Cardinal Point, A World View, and 84 more. , and , .

      1,903.80 PLN or more (40% OFF)

     

1.
2.
3.

about

It all begins with the drone, the AUM, the central vibration. Even before the invocational melody is phrased and descends, a gently pulsing octave emerges, simultaneously the largest interval and a point of return, both a summation and a seed, giving the new form lifeblood and focus. Forty years after his first solo piano recording, Joel Futterman has reached a point of definition. He has harnessed improvisation’s diverse and myriad dynamic manifestations of size, space, phrase, rhythm and color, creating a Protean masterpiece from the rich and ever-fertile soil of innovation and tradition.

As if viewing a sculpture from all possible angles, Intervals comprises iterations and reiterations of elastic instants, molten moments melted and frozen, and yet, its constituent elements eschew complexity. A three-note melodic figure, an octave and related pedal-tones, and a gently ascending arpeggio succeeded by a rejuvenating pause, recur in slow dance or rapid-fire juxtaposition throughout this hour of sound in space. They ebb and flow in radical reconfigurations, like the spatially disparate fragments, floating by as constellations, that conclude Part I. Taken as a frame, these structural motives form the material from which Futterman fashions structures of varying shape, weight and density. Like the Nighttown episode of James Joyce’s Ulysses, Futterman’s narrative encompasses, with dream-precision and the fiery flexibility of spontaneous invention, increasingly vast territories of discovery and reference before each return regrounds listener and performer in a fluid present in contextual flux. Witness the slow-swinging stride sliding into focus at 20:29 of Part II only to disappear just as quickly, or the conflation, at 4:48 of Part I, of “Love for Sale” and “The Creator Has a Master Plan.”

Beyond all scholarly investment, and the allusions are present, only waiting for discovery, Futterman offers nothing less than an autobiographical cross-section. The journey through creative improvisation’s multivalent history, through stride, swing, blues and ballad, is his creative trajectory in glorious microcosm, an interval caught in time as the summation of seeds planted four decades ago and beyond. Recurrence and historical reference lead, as they must, to the freedom of expression dictated only by what can be translated from spirit through hands in one particular formulation.
Intervals is, at its heart, a vast culmination reflecting the consummate skill attained by following the path from foundation to peak, an artistic statement unifying vision and dedicated immersion, and yet, it is ultimately incomplete, as the conclusion attests. Just as the opening octave, gentle enough to seem almost unstruck, implies a changeless underpinning vibration, each section’s ending hints at myriad possibilities as yet unrealized, nascent forms to be constructed, and none so completely as the disc’s open conclusion. As the briefest section is on the point of returning to the silence birthing it, Futterman seems suddenly ready to reengage, the affirmative energy of artistic endeavor far from spent. For those also prepared to engage, the journey is a transtemporal palimpsest, an interval of intervals waiting only for a commensurate spirit of exploration in the listener.

Marc Medwin

credits

released August 15, 2020

All compositions by Joel Futterman
Recorded December 15, 2018 Virginia Beach, VA
Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Benjamin Tomassetti
Each track is an unedited first take with no overdubs, and is in the order recorded.
Special thanks to Maciej Karlowski
© & ℗ 2020
Liner Note: Marc Medwin
Cover design: Zuza Ustjan
Evecutive Producer: Maciej Karłowski

license

all rights reserved

tags

about

Fundacja Słuchaj Warsaw, Poland

contact / help

Contact Fundacja Słuchaj

Streaming and
Download help

Redeem code

Report this album or account

If you like INTERVALS, you may also like: